A Game to Remember for Reese Dismukes

Auburn commitment Reese Dismukes talks about winning a state championship as he concludes his high school football career.

Auburn, Ala.--Running approximately three out of every four plays behind future Auburn center Reese Dismukes, Spanish Fort High School won its first state football championship with a 14-0 victory over Briarwood Christian on Thursday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"That is nothing new for us," said Dismukes, who notes that the Toros rarely passed the football during their run through the Class 5A state playoffs. "It was one of those games where we just went straight after them to see what happens."

Dismukes said all five players on the Spanish Fort offensive line had a good performance. "We work well together as a unit so I don't have everything on my shoulders."

On Spanish Fort's first touchdown, a nine-yard run up the middle, Dismukes blocked two Briarwood Christian players.

Earlier in the day two other Auburn commitments had memorable finishes to the their high school careers. Cornerback Jonathan Rose scored two touchdowns as Leeds won the Class 3A state title 42-32 over Hamilton and linebacker Chris Landrum scored a touchdown, added nine tackles and was the MVP as Sweet Water won the Class A title with a 36-0 win over R.A. Hubbard.

Dismukes said he heard about his future teammates winning championships and noted that he texted Rose, who he plans to room with in college, to congratulate him on being a state champ.

While posing for photos with family members and friends and getting handshakes and hugs from classmates at Spanish Fort High, Dismukes said, "It means a lot to win the state championship with my boys, especially doing it here at Jordan-Hare Stadium where I am going to play my college football.

"We knew we had a chance to win the state championship this season," he added. "I don't know how many guys we have on our team going Division I, but it is not just us why we won the state championship. We have a lot of good football players and that is a really big thing."

Dismukes noted that even though the Toros are a spread offense, they feature a power running game. "We know we are going to run behind us every night because we are pretty big and we are good," he said. "We dominate up front."

Dismukes said he enjoyed having All-American offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and fellow Auburn senior Ryan Pugh at Jordan-Hare Stadium to give him support. "Ziemba's my boy and me and Pugh are just good friends," said Dismukes, who has a busy December scheduled.

Next week he is scheduled to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in Mobile and later in December he plans to take an official visit to Auburn. After that he will say goodbye to high school and enroll for classes at Auburn in January where he will be able to go through winter workouts and spring training to get a head start on his college career.

Dismukes said it has been a long season going 13-2 and he is also looking forward to some down time to rest his body before heading off to college.

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